Upon the Isles of the Sea

Discovering the LDS heritage of England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales


Timothy Matthews

Plain Facts

This is part five of the Fielding legacy series and outlines how Rev. Matthews almost became a Mormon.

On the 30th July 1837 the first nine baptisms took place in Preston –  all from Revered James Fielding’s congregation.  Two days later two of the missionaries travelled 190 miles south to Bedford to see if a similar introduction and conversion could be initiated with Reverend Matthews and his congregation.  Reverend Matthews initial acceptance and sudden rejection was summarised in an 1841 missionary tract printed by Mormon missionary George J. Adams in Bedford.  The following account was signed by Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde and Willard Richards (Mar 24, 1841.  Preston). Continue reading “Plain Facts”

Timothy Matthews

This is a continuation (part four) of the Fielding Legacy story.

In my last post we discovered the three Fielding tombstones in Colmworth graveyard.  This article looks at the fourth tomb of the Reverend Timothy Matthews.

Rev Annette Reed, the current vicar of nearly Little and Great Paxton records,.. Continue reading “Timothy Matthews”

“They died in peace”

This is a continuation (part three) of the Fielding Legacy story.

While Joseph Fielding was in Bedfordshire he visited the home of his sister Ann Matthews.  He recorded,

August 1st  Called at Mr. Matthews; they were absent.  I looked into the house,  particularly I went into the Room where my Beloved Father died, on the 3rd of March, 1836.  Here he had been nursed with all care and tenderness in his last days by his Daughter, Ann Matthews.  He died in peace.  I have often felt thankful that he and my Mother died even before the Message of the Covenant, being renewed, came to this Land, for as my Brothers & Sisters did not receive the Message, I fear they would also have rejected it through their Influence.  (Fielding, p. 49)

He shared a similar sentiment when he visited their graves in the Colmworth graveyard: Continue reading ““They died in peace””

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